Small talk can be a source of anxiety

In Mental Health by Elena Langtry

Although the festive period can be an exciting and joyful time of year, it can also be hectic, anxiety-inducing and lonely for some.

For twelve days during the festive season I’m offering my tips for coping at this time of year, from Lowering expectations to Nourishing your body.

I hope that my tips may bring comfort and reassurance to others. After all, we must take care of our mental health year-round.

Follow the hashtag #12DaysofTakingCare on Twitter for more.


For some, parties & family gatherings take place now & tension can be rife. Conversation is a two-way street, not all on your shoulders. If you feel uncomfortable, listen to your gut & politely move on.


Knowing what to say in a social situation can cause anxiety for many of us. Especially with people we have just met or the thought of bumping into someone from our past. 

It might be useful to have a few pieces of conversation prepared, perhaps an article you read this week or your favourite film this year. For me this can ease tension and worry that I will be stuck for things to say. In moments of silence, enjoy your surroundings. Remember that others are often more worried about themselves than they are about you. 
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, tweet me @RachelKellyNet

“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”



“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness”